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 Richard III: Leicester reburial under way

Richard III cortege Richard III's cortege will tour Leicestershire before reaching Leicester Cathedral

 King Richard III's hearse has begun its journey through Leicestershire ahead of his reburial.

 

The cortege departed the University of Leicester after a short ceremony. It will pass places in Leicestershire associated with the former king, who died at Bosworth in 1485.

 

The coffin is set to reach Leicester Cathedral at 17:35 GMT, where he will be finally reinterred on Thursday.

 Richard's skeleton was found in 2012, in an old friary beneath a car park.

 A special morning service was held at the cathedral and a vigil was staged by a local re-enactment group at the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre earlier.

Descendants of Richard III placed white roses on his coffin

The former king's coffin, which is made of English oak from a Duchy of Cornwall plantation, emerged during a ceremony led by the university's chancellor.

 

Archaeologists, academics, researchers and descendants of Richard III's family, including Michael Ibsen who built the coffin, placed white roses on it during the ceremony.

 

Richard III ceremony The university's chancellor led a short ceremony before the cortege departed

 

Michael Ibsen Canadian carpenter Michael Ibsen, a descendant of King Richard III's family, took part in the ceremony

 

Richard III skull next to facial reconstruction Richard III's remains were found under a car park in Leicester

 

The reburial procession began at Fenn Lane Farm, believed to be the closest spot to where the king was killed.

'Dignity and honour'

Ceremonies are due to take place as the cortege travels towards Leicester, including at Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and Bow Bridge.

 

City mayor Peter Soulsby will meet the coffin at Bow Bridge, which marks the edge of the medieval city boundary.

 

He said: "It was from Leicester in 1485 that Richard rode out to battle and it was to Leicester that he returned, defeated, slung ignominiously across the back of a horse.

 

"It's now our opportunity to put it right and to make sure this time that it's done with dignity and honour."

 

The city council has announced disruption to roads and car parks for Sunday.

 

After a service at St Nicholas Church, the coffin will be transferred to a horse-drawn hearse before arriving at the cathedral via High Street and Grey Friars.

 

The council said the best places to see the cortege would be High Street, Gallowtree Gate or outside Curve Theatre.

 

Screens will be up at the Clock Tower and Jubilee Square showing the procession live.

 

There will be rolling road closures along the A47 Hinckley Road and drivers have been asked to use other routes. There will be disruption to Newarke Street, Rutland Centre and St Nicholas car parks.

 

Footpaths and cycle paths will remain open as normal.

 

Richard III coffin and remains The former king's skeleton was sealed inside a lead-lined inner casket known as an ossuary earlier this week

 

Below is a map of the planned procession through the county. Click here for the route through Leicester city centre.

 

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Fenn Lanes

 

Bosworth Heritage Centre

 

Bow Bridge